Brewed by Swans Brewpub
Style: Sweet Stout
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
A unique blend of seven varieties of malt and oats in this special recipe result in a rich, full-bodied stout, with a strong roasted character, a moderately full hop intensity and a creamy smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
Enjoyed right at the source, i.e., the bar at Swan’s Hotel on a damp, dark Victoria day (less than 30 minutes walking after downing another stout at Spinnakers!). Not much head with this one, what head there was being a tan in hue. Aroma was delicate and featured some roasted/toasted malts and coffee, but (sadly) no dark chocolate. The taste was primarily of burnt coffee and the aforementioned malts. Nice and all that, but not as good as Spinnakers. Mouthfeel tended to be on the thin side, with a small sweet note at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (288) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2011
Bought two 650 ml bottles of this a couple of years ago at the brewpub. Drank one and did not really like it at all. Forgot the second one that has been in the cellar since, bottle labeled "freshest before 11 2009". This rating is for the cellared bottle. Pours beautiful dark brown to black, with an everlasting, big, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, toast, a bit of sour dough. Medium sweet and bitter, a little salty and just a hint of lactic sourness. Taste is chocolate, caramel. Feels almost creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation. Tasted the thick foam, and wow it was good, sweet caramel candy. Glad I forgot about having this for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6673) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2006
Tap. Toasted oxidized coffee aroma Deep brown, golden brown low foamy head. Unexpectedly complex flavor:Roasted grain, toffee, coffee, a bit maple syrup, rasins. Long lasting coffee and candied nut aftertaste. Medium to light body, smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wanja (771) - GERMANY - AUG 2, 2012
I took the beer direct at the pub. Perfect darf appearance in the glas. Really good taste of the different sorts of malt. I enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12143) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft.- Roast malts and milk chocolate. Black with a thin beige head. Great roast mats and mellow chocolate. Next to no bitterness and a great oatmeal mouthfeel. Great on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2005
smells good, looks good, tastes good. Like others have said, it is a little thin at the end. I like my oatmeals a little meatier; however, I would not hesitate getting this again when I go back to Canada!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (799) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Sample at the pub is just about black with creamy tan head. Aroma is gentle roast, espresso, toast. Taste is similar, and its very, very smooth. It’s a very gentle stout - could be drunk in volume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Night-dark in appearance, this oatmeal stout has a deep chocolate malt aroma, but dissapoints in with a body i find too flat. Certainly smooth, and with fine oat and malt tastes that are sustained long after the last sip--this beer should appeal to many.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2006
tap at the brewpub - Pours dark brown with a thin head. The aroma is roast malts and coffee. It has a flavor to match in a medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated brew. This stout goes down smooth with a fairly sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Deep dark brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is chocolate, cream, roasty with dried fruit. Taste is also chocolate, cream with dried fruit and oatmeal.

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